Paul-Obafunso Celebrates 53rd Birthday, Launches NGO to Support Less Privileged
In celebration of her 53rd birthday, Aduragbemi Anthonia Paul-Obafunso formally launched a Non-Governmental Organization, ‘Anviclyn Hope for the Hopeless’ to assist the less privileged and vulnerable people in the society.
The founder and CEO, who spoke at the launching of the NGO in Abeokuta yesterday said that the organisation’s main purpose is advocating for poverty alleviation, improving socio-economic assistance and instituting empowerment programs to aid better living for the needy.
“With this initiative, we tend to identify the less privileged and proffer lasting solutions to the problem they face. We have undertaken various reach-out services and we believe strongly that it is possible to attain a better society. Today, we intend to show our seriousness by occupying the civic space in having our voices heard, and that’s why this event has been modestly packaged,” she added.
While declaring the launching open, Chief Mrs Olanrewaju Sanni, a notable member of the Rotary Club and an Environmentalist, who was also the Chairperson of the occasion, said that the role of NGOs is important to a growing society, though government keeps striving to reduce poverty, NGOs can work together with government to address public issues especially as it affects the less privileged.
She added that majority of Nigerians today are faced with poverty, especially those living in rural areas, stressing that people barely have food to eat and which is one of the major causes of crime in our society today.
In his remarks, Chief Emmanuel Olaitan Olude maintained that the Organisation plans to achieve the objective of improving the quality of the lives of vulnerable people by heeding the clarion call for sustained action against poverty through mobilizing resources, both material and human, to campaign and create sustained awareness for the benefits of the vulnerable and less privileged, especially children, people living with disabilities, and the aged.
“Yes, the challenge of poverty is enormous, but we're confident that through our little efforts, we can be of assistance to others who are in dire need of it and also galvanize action towards averting the menacing crisis of hunger that now stares us in the face", he said.
Chief Olayiwola Sofela, an invited special guest of honour explained that one of the targets of the organisation is to mobilize the teeming numbers of concerned Nigerians to achieve a critical mass of poverty alleviation advocates, whose voices will resonate loudly and clearly and catalyse positive action.
The launching had in attendance other NGOs which include Child Right Foundation; KODA Nigeria; JCI and a host of others.
Moments after its launch, Anviclyn Hope for the Hopeless, led by its founder, visited the Ogun State Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta where it delivered toys and playing kits to the children ward of the hospital.
The team thereafter visited Gideon Orphanage Home in Abeokuta with food stuffs and gift items as part of its commitment towards ensuring a better living condition for the less privileged.
Speaking to the children of Gideon Orphanage Home while delivering the items, Mrs Aniceta Efunyinka who was also the mother of the day said that every child deserves to be happy, regardless of the challenges surrounding thier birth or growth into adulthood.
She added that every adult was once a child, and that no one can become an adult without growing into it from childhood.
Efunyinka encouraged the children to continuously obey thier guardians, pay attention to thier studies, and adopt good morals which will guide them into productive adults.